Vintage books get a facelift

While perusing a bookstore in a Malaysian mall and I came across lots of beautiful classic books with beautifully done covers. They are simple, attractive and get right to the point. Love them!

Check out all of the Vintage Classics here

Other great book covers:
“Two Caravans” by Marina Lewycka
“The Buddha of Suburbia” by Hanif Kureishi
“Metamorphosis & Other Stories” by Franz Kafka

GOMA in Brisbane

I was lucky enough to visit the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art featured at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane, Australia. The new exhibition at GOMA is executed beautifully. The shows runs from December 5, 2009 to April 5th, 2010 located on the South Bank of the Brisbane River. Admission: FREE

Here are a few of my favorite highlights: taxidermy reindeer’s covered in crystal balls, wax-made asian men, rooms full of string and ominous film installations with intriguing sound spacing.

Going Rouge – traveling NZ

I’ve gone rogue for a months traveling the South Pacific with my boy. We’re starting in New Zealand, renting a campervan for 22 days from Wicked.  There are more sheep than people in this country and much more countryside than I expected. The towns are considerably small and you could miss them if you’re not paying attention. What a change from the states. Everyone is very friendly and eager to help you out. Yet a very expensive place to travel around.  Highlights so far: mineral baths, wine tours on bikes, campervans, glow worm caves and stock car racing.

Featured Artist: Mike Stilkey

Mike Stilkey. His work is such a treat. I find the book arts is a bit of a lost art. He embraces materials that may be overlooked to use, such as book covers and vintage book pages. From installations to paintings his work has the ability to absorb the viewer. His images tell stories and his work is full of beautiful mixed media texture with an undertone of whimsical melancholy, longing, and despair. His work is  flooded with depth and mystery that entices the viewer to get to know his ambiguous characters and wonder about their lives in their unusual settings.

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Get to know Mike here.
Visit his website here.

Zank Live at the Beauty Bar SD

Our favorite local musician Zank is playing a show tonight at The Beauty Bar in San Diego with fellow musicians, Anthony Molinaro, Allen Mautner & Chad Farran from Superunloader . If you’re in town we’d love to see you come out and support local music and maybe spruce up your nails at the same time! To get an idea of what an acoustic orgasm sounds like check out their video from the studio this weekend. I was lucky enough to watch these guys record a new demo at Big Fish studios in Escondido on Saturday. What a treat! Hope to see you there. zank_BeautyBar22Oct09

Masks by Shin Murayama

These masks from Shin Murayama are right up my alley. A little bit disturbing, beautifully made & accompanied with a touch of sadness. You can purchase them through I Don’t Like Mondays and 50% of proceeds go to Designers Against Aids. I love love love the “The Beast Within” and “Sock Eater.” Which one is your favorite?

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Tapatio Hot Sauce Photo Contest

This month Tapatio announced they are launching an interactive photo contest on their site powered by Artistic Hub. This month’s theme is “What do you put Tapatio on.” Submit your favorite photo of the food you put Tapatio on and win. Prizes include: a case of tapatio, t-shirt, mousepad and bragging rights. You can also purchase your photo on a greeting card and send it to that special someone. Spread that Tapatio love! Next month’s theme is: “Best Tapatio Halloween Costume.” I’m sure these photos will be hilarious, so stay tuned. We’d love to hear what you put Tapatio on, leave us a comment!

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